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March 18 - Guilty as Charged (Romans 3:9-20)

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Adult Education

Brandon Jordan will continue his class on the doctrine of vocation at 10:00am in the youth room. This is a 10 week study discussing the doctrine of vocation and in particular how it deals with the gospel in our "workplaces." Are all jobs the same (sacred and secular)? What does our work ethic/interaction with coworkers reveal about our view of the gospel? We will also have some of our own members here speak about their work and how the gospel is applied. Over 10 weeks we hope to answer these and a few more questions that will allow us to find greater purpose in what we do day to day. 

Bryan Launer will continue his class on Understanding the Heart in Adult 1 at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. The remaining weeks of the class will examine fear of man by discussing a case study and the change process. 

Romans 3:9-20

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
    they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Sermon Summary

We have been looking over Paul's extended argument for why we need the gospel. We read in chapter 1 that the wrath of God is revealed against the ungodliness of the Gentiles who lived lives marked by rebellion and hedonism. Paul says, "They were without excuse."  Anticipating the hearty approval of the self-rightous Jews, he then turns to them and through verses 3-8 shows how the people of Israel, though having God’s law, temple and many other advantages, had also broken the law and were without excuse, guilty before God. One guilty of irreligion and the other guilty of religion based on a faith rooted in their own righteousness. So here at the end of his argument, Paul concludes, "Were they (the Jews) better off?" His answer: "No not at all." In this passage he lays out the charges: All humanity is universally under the guilt of sin. He provides evidence of this guilt by giving a list of OT scriptures proving his case. He then rests his case and waits for the verdict of God where all will stand before God, accountable. This is an ominous picture. It leaves us speechless needing an advocate, a deliverer. This is our only hope. 

Review and Apply

Explain we are all 'under sin.'  Do you believe this?

What evidence listed in 10-18 is/was present in your life proving you are under sin?

Explain how God sought you first, before you sought him.

For what reason does Paul equate moralists and religious people as being no different than the hedonist?

What must the moralist or religious person repent of? 

What is the value of seeing the depth and universality of sin?